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A Sad Admission


Okay, I gotta admit it: I didn’t eat spicy food yesterday.

Early in the morning we loaded up Sonia and Sam, the happy Goldens, and about half our house’s plunder and headed out. Road Trip! Destination: Boerne, Texas. Where I grew up. Because of all my travel, I hadn’t visited Mom in way too long. Of course, once we’re there and settled, it’s lunchtime. One of my seven favorite meals of the day! (I don’t know who this bear is that keeps quoting me.)

Mom said we should go out to one of her favorite places: The Vistro, on Main Street. Italian and other cuisines represented. Well, Italian has to be there, the family that owns and runs the place is named Spinelli. And we had to go early, they get a great crowd most every day. Sunday brunch is even more active, but we chose to eat from their multi-cuisine lunch menu.

While I’m sure they have some spicy stuff somewhere on the menu, as soon as I saw they had Jägerschnitzel I quit looking.

Boerne has a long German heritage, having been founded by German immigrants fleeing the Thirty Years War. The craftsmen of a town would build a boat, load their families, belongings and livestock, sail to Galveston (the largest cotton shipping port in the US at that time), and then sell the boat to hustlers mountebanks speculators for pennies on the dollar of the ship’s true worth. Those same speculators would then sell these poor refugees wagons and supplies, for about 3-5 times what they should have. To make a short story long, these families could only travel a few weeks before their supplies would run out. When that happened, they stopped and started farming and building new lives.

Which explains Boerne, and New Braunfels, Gruene, Fredericksburg, and many other fine towns in the Texas Hill Country and nearby.

It also explains why so many businessmen in Galveston got so filthy rich. It wasn’t King Cotton, or at least not all cotton.

Anyway, back to the important stuff: The Jägerschnitzel! It was yummy and quite authentic. Of course, there were two kinds of cabbage on board: Sauerkraut, and Rotkohl. One sour, one sweet. Oh, and naturally there were potatoes. Remember, this is peasant food! The topping on the cutlet was generous, a white wine sauce with lots of mushrooms and other tasty bits. Frankly, with this dish to occupy me I didn’t miss any chiles.

Which is the real embarrassment. Not that I didn’t have chiles for lunch, but that I Didn’t Even Think About Chiles.

I’ll make up for that omission in the next few days. In the meantime,

Enjoy the (Texas) Heat!

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